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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 18:13 GMT 19:13 UK
Tories suspend assault quiz MP
Andrew Pelling
Andrew Pelling was arrested last week
A south London MP has been suspended from the Conservative Party a week after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife.

A Tory party spokesman said Andrew Pelling, MP for Croydon Central, had been suspended on Tuesday while the incident was investigated.

He was arrested at his south London home last Tuesday after police received a complaint from his wife Lucy.

Mr Pelling, 48, was released on bail the same night after being questioned.

The Conservative spokesman said: "Following a meeting today with the Chief Whip, Andrew Pelling's case has been referred to the Conservative Party's Ethics and Integrity Committee.

"Until a conclusion is reached, he has been suspended from the Conservative Party Whip."

The father-of-three, who is also a London Assembly member, won the Croydon Central seat in 2005.


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